The Sunday Read: 25 years of cats and maus

Prize-winning comic writer Art Spiegelmen revisits his masterpiece from 1986 in an insightful new book. Our advice? Read ’em both.

Art Spiegelman spent 13 years writing and drawing MAUS, the comic book that tells — and shows — the story of his father, Vladek, a holocaust survivor.

Like all Jews in the book, Vladek appears as a mouse, while the Nazis are cats. Spiegelman has spent much of the intervening quarter-century explaining, and in some cases defending, his decisions (“a comic? With mice? About the Holocaust?” etc), though he’s also been rightfully celebrated: he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992.

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Now, he’s written MetaMAUS, an account of the book’s creation and reception to explain himself once and for all, including why he drew the British as fish (though we’re totally fin about it).

MetaMAUS by Art Spiegelman is out now (Viking)